1. Enid Blyton may have died in 1968, but she still remains one of our all-time favourite children's authors. Hodder sells more than half a million of her Famous Five books a year, and they are amongst the most borrowed children's books from public libraries in the UK.
2. George in the Famous Five books was based on a real girl. "The real George was short haired, freckled, sturdy and snub-nosed. She was bold, and daring, hot tempered and loyal. She is sulky as George is too, but she isn't now. We grow out of those failings-or we should do! Do you like George? I do."
It is said that Enid Blyton confessed to her literary agent Rosica Collin that George was based on herself.
3. Enid typed her stories out on a typewriter on her knee, either in the garden or in her study. She never learned to touch-type, and used her two forefingers.
4. At fourteen years old, Enid won a children's poetry competition. It was this success that spurred her on to submit articles, stories and poems to magazines.
5. It is reported that Enid wrote around 800 books during her 40-year career.
6. Between 1942 and 1963, Enid wrote 24 original Noddy books, although the first book, Noddy goes to Toyland, wasn't published until 1949. More than 200 million copies have been sold world wide, translated into 27 different languages.